survey Definition

  • 1to ask a large number of people questions in order to find out their opinions or behaviour
  • 2to examine or look carefully at something

Using survey: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "survey" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We surveyed our customers to find out what they thought of our service.

  • Example

    The team surveyed the damage caused by the storm.

  • Example

    The report surveys recent developments in the field.

  • Example

    The book surveys the history of modern art.

survey Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for survey

Idioms Using survey

  • to participate in a survey by answering questions


    Can you take a few minutes to take our survey?

  • to examine an area or situation in order to understand it better


    The police arrived and began to survey the scene of the accident.

  • to examine the current state of a particular field or industry


    The report surveys the landscape of renewable energy technologies.

Phrases with survey

  • a question asked in a survey to gather information from respondents


    One of the survey questions was about the participants' income level.

  • the process of measuring and mapping the boundaries and features of a piece of land


    Before building the house, we need to do a land survey to determine the exact property lines.

  • a survey conducted to measure how satisfied customers are with a company's products or services


    The company sent out a customer satisfaction survey to all its clients.

Origins of survey

from Old French 'surveeir', meaning 'to oversee'


Summary: survey in Brief

The verb 'survey' [ˈsɜːrveɪ] means to ask a large number of people questions to find out their opinions or behavior, or to examine or look carefully at something. It can refer to conducting polls or questionnaires, as well as examining or inspecting an area or situation. Phrases like 'survey question' and 'land survey' extend the term's usage, while idioms like 'take a survey' and 'survey the scene' denote participation and examination, respectively.

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